Ships can transit between the atlantic and pacific oceans using the___ canal.
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The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a man-made 82-kilometer (51-mile) waterway that links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in Panama. The Panama Canal runs through the Isthmus of Panama and serves as a passageway for maritime trade. The Panama Canal shortcut, one of the world’s largest and most difficult engineering projects, greatly reduces the time it takes ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, allowing them to avoid the long and dangerous route around the southernmost tip of South America through the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan, as well as the much less common route through the Arctic Archipelago.
Canal locks at each end raise ships 26 meters (85 feet) above sea level to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake built to minimize the amount of construction work needed for the canal, and then lower the ships at the other end. The initial locks have a width of 32.5 meters (110 feet). Between September 2007 and May 2016, a third, wider lane of locks was built. On June 26, 2016, the extended waterway opened for business. The new locks allow larger New Panamax ships to pass through. 1st
The plane highway in the sky
What are the distinctions between a storm, typhoon, and cyclone? There isn’t any, to put it bluntly. They’re all well-organized storm systems that form over warm ocean waters, rotate around low-pressure areas, and have winds of at least 74 miles per hour (119 km per hour). The three names are due to the fact that these storms are known by different names in different parts of the world. “Tropical cyclone” is a common word used by scientists, while “hurricane,” “typhoon,” and “cyclone” are regional names. In this article, the word “hurricane” will be used to refer to them all, regardless of their location.
Hurricanes, regardless of their names, all form over tropical ocean waters, which are the source of their strength. People pay the most attention to hurricanes as they approach land, and for good reason: hurricanes can do a lot of damage. This is due to the fact that they emit a tremendous amount of energy—when completely formed, a hurricane will produce enough heat to power a 10-megaton nuclear bomb exploding every 20 minutes. They’re also much larger than other types of severe storms, such as tornadoes. At the same time, they are a part of a vast and complex natural system that allows us to live on this world. They contribute to the stability of the Earth’s temperature by transporting heat energy from the equator to the poles. The more we learn about hurricanes, the better equipped we will be to prepare for them in the future, reducing damage and loss of life.
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A new shipping route through Central America will be built by a Chinese company. Nicaragua has awarded the company a $40 billion contract to build a canal that will run the length of the country. The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans will be joined by it. This means that the two oceans would be linked by two waterways. The Panama Canal, which opened in 1914, is the other. Nicaragua’s new waterway would be larger and wider than the Panama Canal’s 77-kilometer length. According to a spokesperson, much larger ships – twice the size of those that currently use the Panama Canal – will pass through Nicaragua’s canal. The name of the company that will build the canal remains a mystery. The project will, however, be maintained under a 100-year lease.
The new canal would serve as a vital trade corridor. Since it will be farther north than the Panama Canal, shipping companies will save time and resources. The project will take ten years to complete, but the first ships will use it in six years. It will have a depth of 22 meters and a length of 286 kilometers. The canal does not sit well with all Nicaraguans. “This project affects all Nicaraguans, the future of Lake Nicaragua, our natural resources, and the economy,” said Congressman Carlos Langrand. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the government’s lack of transparency with the public. “We have far more questions than answers about this initiative,” he told the Nicaraguan newspaper “Nicaragua Dispatch.”
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The extension of the Panama Canal has reignited interest in the canal’s position in global trade, as well as its alternatives. It’s worth considering which routes were considered in the past and why the Panama option was retained and built in the first place to better evaluate these options. Several routes were considered and ultimately rejected as a means of connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans during the centuries of European and American intervention in Central America. The Spanish conducted the first surveys in the 16th century, recommending routes that would remain the most feasible choices for a transoceanic canal for decades. The top contenders were the Panama and Nicaragua paths. To some extent, both of these roads also operated as portage routes.
The economic (increased trade and larger ships) and technological (heavy machinery) conditions in the mid-nineteenth century sparked renewed interest and more detailed surveys of the canal routing options depicted in Figure 1.